Sushma Swaraj bats for Yoga, rejects link to religion
Doing her bit to defend yoga, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said yesterday that 47 Muslim nations were co-sponsoring the International Yoga Day on June 21.
According to Swaraj, who will herself lead the celebrations at the UN headquarters in New York, countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the UAE and Pakistan are all hosting yoga programmes.
Tomar's arrest and resignation episode escalates Modi-Kejri war
The intense political drama that unfolded with the arrest of Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, concluded with the minister's resignation later that night.
The AAP minister was arrested on the basis of a criminal complaint filed by the Bar Council of Delhi for forging his law and BSc degrees. Tomar has been accused of cheating, forgery, forgery with purpose of cheating and criminal conspiracy. A trial court - while granting Delhi police four days custody of Tomar - described the arrest as 'farcical'.
Can't hear the roar of Make in India lion - Rahul Gandhi
The future Congress president's one liners seem to stick, for a change, and inconvenience the ruling coalition. After 'suit boot ki sarkar' Rahul Gandhi, while coming out of a meeting with senior Congress leaders and chief ministers, said that the lion shown in the Make in India campaign seemed powerful but that one couldn't hear his roar.
Rahul Gandhi's statements came after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called his successor, Prime Minister Modi, a better salesman than himself. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also criticised the NDA government for its excessive focus on matters outside India.
Army kills 50 insurgents in rare cross-country operation
An Army statement has said that two separate groups of insurgents were 'engaged' and 'significant casualties' inflicted along the Indo-Myanmar border in Nagaland and Manipur last night.
Media reports that later surfaced claimed that the special-forces unit penetrated into Myanmar and neutralised at least 50 insurgents, said to be involved in the Manipur-ambush of 4 June. The Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, a former Colonel himself, said last night that these strikes were a message to all countries that were harbouring "terror intent" towards India; he went on to say that "we will strike at a place and at a time of our choosing."
Tatkal booking capacity doubled on IRCTC website
Booking rail tickets will now be easier as IRCTC has added two high-capacity servers that have doubled peak-time efficiency. In a bid to reduce congestion, IRCTC has revised the Tatkal booking system, introducing two booking slots for different categories. From now on, AC Tatkal tickets will be booked between 10-11am and Non-Ac between 11 am - 12 noon. Moreover, 50% of the fare charge will be refunded in case the ticket is cancelled. The move has raised the booking capacity to over 14,000 tickets per minute from the existing 7,200. This is a welcome measure, providing relief to the cumbersome process of booking rail tickets, especially in peak summer months when rail traffic is high.
Centre to allow the hunting of wild animals in areas deemed 'human-animal conflict zones'
In a move that is likely to be controversial, the Environment Ministry is going to start giving state government the permission to hunt animals in areas of high human-animal conflict. Under this procedure, the ministry would notify a particular animal as 'vermin' - or a nuisance - based on the particular state government's recommendations. Once notified, the states would have the permission to hunt these animals for a limited period of time.
The minister clarified that this was not an unusual move, as there is a provision in the various Schedules of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 that allows for the same.
'Yudhishtir' Gajendra Chauhan is FTII chief
The Centre on Tuesday appointed a BJP member and television actor who played Yudhisthir in BR Chopra's epic TV series Mahabharat as president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), triggering reactions of surprise from the industry. "FTII once produced gems of actors and directors who have been gifts to the Indian film industry. It is sad that appointments now are only about extending political largesse," said producer Mukesh Bhatt, who is also the president of the Film and TV Producers Guild of India.
Protests against Pondicherry University VC reach Jantar Mantar
The Joint Action Committee of teaching and non-teaching associations of Pondicherry University has decided to bring its protest against Vice Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy to Delhi. Protesters will seek the ouster of the VC in a rally at Jantar Mantar on 18 June.
Reports of the VC being behind the torture of a student were revealed yesterday. In November 2014, she was also accused of plagiarism and has seen in the past the demand for a CBI probe in her appointment.
Journalist killed allegedly for writing against UP minister
Uttar Pradesh Backward Classes Welfare Minister Ram Murti Singh Verma was on Tuesday booked along with five others. They have been accused of allegedly murdering a journalist by setting him afire in Shahjahanpur district. The family of Jagendra Singh, the deceased, claimed that he was picked up by police in a raid on 1 June and set on fire, for writing Facebook posts against Verma.
Pakistani wrestlers denied visa
The Indian High Commission has reportedly refused visas to a contingent of wrestlers and officials from Pakistan who wanted to participate in the Cadet Asian Wrestling Championship, starting 11 June in New Delhi.
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Government cracks down on more NGOs - 4,470 this time
According to media reports, the government has just cancelled licenses of 44,70 more 'erring NGOs'. Among the NGOs are a number of top universities, the Supreme Court Bar Association and Escorts Heart Institute. The crackdown prevents these organizations from receiving foreign funds.
High Court sends notice to Maharashtra govt on Prof Saibaba's ill-health
Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the State Home Department of Maharashtra after an email drew the court's attention to the deteriorating health of G N Saibaba, a former Delhi University lecturer. Prof Saibaba, who is 90% paralysed, was arrested last year by Maharashtra police for alleged Maoist links and is confined to an 'anda cell' in the Nagpur Central Prison. An email sent to the Chief Justice on 8 June by Purnima Upadhyay of NGO Khoj with an 'urgent request to save the life of Professor Saibaba' was converted into a suo motu public interest litigation. It stated that after a year in jail and over six months in the anda cell, he has developed several ailments leaving only his right hand in working condition.The court has also sought the investigation papers and Saibaba's health records at the next hearing on 17 June.